Blaming, praising, and protecting our humanity: The implications of everyday dehumanization for judgments of moral status

Brock Bastian, Simon M Laham, Samuel Wilson, Nick Haslam, Peter Koval

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Across two studies, we examine the consequences that subtle variations in the perceived humanness of actors or groups have for their perceived moral status. Drawing on Haslam s two-dimensional model of humanness and focusing on three ways people may be considered to have moral status - moral patiency (value), agency, or responsibility - we demonstrate that subtly denying humanness to others has implications for whether they are blamed, praised, or considered worthy of moral concern and rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469 - 483
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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